EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSAttorney Charged With Accessory In Connection With New Year's Day Shooting
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Reported: Jan. 2, 2014 3:05 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 2, 2014 11:29 PM EST
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kallie Cart) -- Charleston police charged a Fayetteville attorney with being an accessory in connection with a New Year’s Day downtown shooting in the capital city.
Police said the New Year’s Day shooting in a hotel was sparked over a dispute about pizza.
Attorney Jamison Conrad is now facing an accessory charge for what police said he did after the shot was fired.
Conrad is an attorney and also one of Fayette County's two mental hygiene commissioners. On Thursday afternoon, he had no time for Eyewitness News cameras, as he was being rushed through the Fayette County Courthouse and taken into a private office to be arraigned by Magistrate Sharon Magraw.
Conrad was arraigned on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to malicious wounding for a shooting that happened in Charleston early Jan. 1.
“It’s really surprising that someone in a position of authority, and all that he is responsible for, to participate in this criminal conduct,” Lt. Steve Cooper, with Charleston police said.
Investigators said Conrad was with his friend Michael Underwood and some others, when they got into a fight with a group of people in the hallway between the Ramada Inn and the Recovery Sports Grill on Virginia Street. The fight was said to be sparked by a misunderstanding about a pizza delivery number.
That's when police said Underwood pulled out a gun and shot a man in the back and leg.
Conrad is in trouble, because police said he can clearly be seen on surveillance video taking Underwood's cell phone, which is considered evidence, from the scene and telling the suspect to run.
Police said Conrad also refused to cooperate.
“He told us that he did know who the shooter was but he refused to tell us who,” Cooper said. “This is at a time when we thought we still had an active shooter on the run in a public place.”
Police said they identified Underwood through other witnesses.
Conrad's bond was set at $50,000 surety. He posted that during his private arraignment and avoided jail time.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he plans to file an ethics complaint with the state bar, against Conrad.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin, Jeff Morris) -- Charleston police said they are charging a Fayetteville attorney with being an accessory in connection with a New Year’s Day downtown shooting in the capital city.
Jamison Conrad turned himself in at the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.
Police said Conrad is accused of removing evidence from the crime scene in the hallway where the shooting occurred in the 600 block of Virginia Street in a hallway located between the Ramada Inn in Charleston and Recovery Sports Grill.
Charles Scott, 23, of Charleston was wounded in that incident that apparently started when two groups of people had gathered in the hallway and a fight broke out over a misunderstanding about a phone number when someone wanted to order pizza.
Michael Underwood, 30, of Beckley was charged with malicious wounding in the incident. A criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court said surveillance video showed Underwood fleeing the scene along with Conrad, who was identified as a friend of Underwood, and go directly to a room at the Ramada Inn. Conrad was seen removing evidence, which later was identified as Underwood's cell phone, the complaint said, and the phone was later found in Conrad's hotel room, Video surveillance also shows Conrad directing Underwood to flee the scene as Underwood is still holding the handgun in his right hand.
Conrad is a mental hygiene commissioner in Fayette County. Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he is looking at filing an ethics charge with the State Bar against Conrad.
-- Charleston Police Department Photo
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